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Medical Oncology – Chemo, Biologic and Hormonal Therapies

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Medical oncology treats cancer using medicine and medical therapies, rather than surgical or radiation therapies. Medical oncologists diagnose and stage cancer and recommend and implement treatment. Treatments and services include:

  • Chemotherapy – Uses drugs to target and kill cancer cells
  • Biologic therapy – Also called immunotherapy, harnesses the body’s immune system to fight cancer or lessen the side effects of treatment.
  • Hormonal therapy – Alters the body’s hormone levels to affect tumor growth in a hormone-sensitive cancer, such as breast or prostate cancer
  • Blood and platelet transfusions
  • Investigational therapy

Monitoring and Managing Side Effects

Everyone responds differently to medical therapies, and you may not experience the same side effects as others. Your team will seek to minimize side effects and actively help you manage symptoms. We also have a full suite of support services to help maintain your quality of life.

Learn More About Medical Therapies

Turn to our online Health Library for comprehensive information about chemotherapy, biologic therapy and hormonal therapy.

Your Care Team

A specially trained team of medical oncologists, on-site pharmacists, oncology-certified nurses and hematology specialists will collaborate on your care, monitor your progress and celebrate your recovery. We partner with and regularly consult with oncologists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.